New owner of 1992 Ford Ranger
Hi all, my name is Wiley Robinson and I'm from El Paso. I recently got ahold of my Father's 1992 Ford Ranger (he passed away in 2000 and my mother gave it to me).
Anyhow, I've had the truck only about 2 months but yesterday it developed a pretty scary problem with the brakes. In the morning as I was driving I heard a clunk come from the right front wheel area like some metal part breaking or falling off. I did not see anything in the rear veiw mirror and the truck was fine so I went on to work, about 25 miles.
After work I came home and as I got almost home I noticed that it felt like the right front caliper was sticking and the truck was pulling to the right. I pulled over in a gas station to look at and really couldn't see anything much. I checked the fluid and it seemed full but pretty dirty so I decided to go on home and park it and change the pads, fluid etc. on the weekend.
As I got home the pedal lost almost all pressure and when it got within 1" of the floor the wheels would lock up on the rear! Pretty scary but since it's a stick I got it home.
I have to admit, I've never seen anything like this on any vehicle (I'll also confess that I consider a 1992 to a "new" car, most of the cars I own are 25-40 years old and I do all the work on them).
I am suspecting something like one of the pads fell out and the piston fully extended letting air in or something but I am not familiar with this truck at all and don't even have a manual for it yet. Any suggestions?
I'll repost the question part in the tech section and I hope this forum is as good a resource as I've found other online car forums to be.